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Old 08-30-2010, 05:38 PM   #61
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Originally Posted by HotTinRoof View Post

Wolfen - I'm definitely not a mechanic but crave the hands-on work I don't get by pushing pixels all day.

Had the mechanic just do the seals. Easier, less hassle, and we want to use the Jeep this coming weekend. I have no doubt I could have done the job myself if the those bolts would have cooperated. Important thing is I learned a ton from you guys here (many thanks), have a good copy of the FSM now, and I was under the jeep and could see everything I needed to do.

I think the front D30 diff gasket is leaking as mentioned before. Cleaned the diff so I can better see to what extent it leaks. Will do this job myself hopefully when the time comes. The bolts to the diff cap don't look to be exposed to the elements from behind - as with those drive shaft 5/16 bastards - so there "shouldn't" () be as much oxidation and bolt breaking after a good soaking of penetrant. I think I'm going to learn to love Never Seez.

Regarding diff gaskets... it looks like the PO used a liquid gasket or RTV or something on the rear D44 - as it oozed out a litte where it dried. Is this a better/worse method than the gaskets themselves I can pickup for $5 at Napa? Or am I seeing the RTV which the gasket was installed with...
Good on ya for wanting to do other stuff than push pixels I know for a fact you could have done it with or without a FSM, but on eth front diff I have a suggestion, turn each bolt slowly and carefully, after soaking them with penetrating oil of course. but if they don;t move, don;'t try to force them, instead wiggle them back and forth moving a little toward off each time, don;t know if it will make it work for ya or not, but back in the Navy it always worked for me.
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